Have a conversation – help prevent adult abuse
Nottinghamshire people are being urged to check-in with their elderly neighbours, friends or relatives as part of a campaign to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (15 June).
There were over 2400 safeguarding adult referrals made to the County Council for the over 65s last year, including financial, physical and sexual abuse, and neglect. 1057 of these referrals went on to full enquiries*.
Those who experience adult abuse may include people who cannot protect themselves due to their age or because they have a physical or learning disability, or mental health needs.
Councillor Tony Harper, Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “We are trying to prevent cases of abuse by working with vulnerable people and helping them to stay independent, active and part of their local community. By helping people to be connected and active, they are less likely to become victims of adult abuse.”
Allan Breeton, Independent Chair of the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board, said: “The first step in preventing abuse and neglect is to have a conversation, so maybe go and have a cuppa with your elderly neighbour, take time to make a phone call to your elderly parents to check that they’re ok, or go out for lunch with your elderly friend. Social contact from a friendly face is the easiest step we can take to prevent abuse and neglect from occurring.”
Nottinghamshire County Council has a comprehensive range of services designed to support adults, focus on their personal outcomes and prevent instances of abuse and neglect. If you feel you may need support, or know of someone who does, please contact the Council on 0300 500 8080.
People can report abuse by contacting Nottinghamshire County Council on 0300 500 80 80. In an emergency phone 999.
Find out more about adult abuse and the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board.